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Mission 4: Choose Smart Diet Actions
I’m not going to give you a diet. I don’t believe for a moment that you would stick to it. Not because of any moral failing, but because your body and mind would rebel.
Physically, your body can react to calorie restriction by becoming more efficient with fewer calories. That’s not what a person with a weight-loss goal wants – we want our bodies to use more calories, not less.
But as anyone who’s ever been on a diet knows, the real saboteur is that grey thing in your head.
Psychologically, your mind reacts to deprivation by wanting what it can’t have. And we know where that leads: binge city. Deprive yourself consistently and congratulations – you’re the mayor.
As Geneen Roth says, the fourth law of the universe is that for every diet there’s an equal and opposite binge.
So instead of a prescribed eating plan or list of things you can and can’t eat, I’m going to ask you to choose some specific diet actions.
To lose weight, we need to eat less and move more. Over the coming missions we’re going to get very strategic and smart in how we approach each of these prongs, but for now we’re starting simple.
In terms of eating less, we’ll achieve that goal by taking actions in two broad categories: eating less, and eating differently. But they both involve being smart about what we eat.